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The Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice (YCLJ) recently announced a new campaign that will seek to close the country’s remaining youth prisons. Additionally, the campaign will support the transition of the country’s approach to juvenile justice from being punishment-focused to becoming community-based.

According to statements from YCLJ leadership, these changes aim to redesign the juvenile justice system to become more equitable, rational, and efficient in addressing the needs of young people. The group’s goal is to see all of the nation’s juvenile prisons closed within a decade, as such would help to reverse the negative effects it believes they have on communities of color.

The Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice is a project of—and supported by—the Columbia University Justice Lab. The Columbia University Justice Lab combines original research, policy development, and community engagement to propel the project of justice reform.

This was reported by Juvenile Justice Information Exchange on April 11, 2019.

Contact Information: Columbia University Justice Lab, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 316, New York, New York 10115; Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice Phone Number: (646) 745-8598; Email: and; and

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